Doc Gooden’s ex-girlfriend pens heartbreaking letter urging him to stop using drugs

The trooper detected the odor of marijuana and with the help of a drug-sniffing dog, he found the marijuana and handgun, police said.

The university confirmed that those arrested were: 19-year-old cornerback Ashton White, 21-year-old starting safety Max Redfield, 18-year-old wide receiver Kevin Stepherson Jr., 19-year-old linebacker Te’von Coney and 19-year-old Dexter Williams, who is one of three running backs expected to play regularly for the Irish this season.

All five were released on Saturday afternoon from the Fulton County Jail in Rochester, where they had been held on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

Redfield, Stepherson and Williams face an additional misdemeanor charge of possession of an unlicensed handgun.

It was not immediately clear if any of the six players had attorneys who could comment on their behalf.

University spokesman Paul Browne said in a statement that ‘any student arrested on a felony charge also faces dismissal from the university.’

‘The university will determine if additional sanctions should apply to any or all of the students charged,’ his statement said.

Janice Roots (pictured), the ex-girlfriend of Mets legend Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden has penned a heartbreaking letter urging him to stop using drugs   Gooden (pictured), who has a history of drug and alcohol problems, missed a scheduled WFAN appearance alongside his former teammate Darryl Strawberry last week leading to concerns that he was abusing cocaine again

She says that Gooden helped her through a period of illness – and she is trying to do the same for him.

‘You have been so busy taking care of other people for your entire life, you’ve lost sight of the most important person – and that is you.’

But Roots adds she wants to be open and transparent.

‘It is time for you to acknowledge the current state of your disease,’ she tells him, adding that his drug use is clear to everyone around him.

‘You are refusing to accept any responsibility for what you are doing to yourself, your family and your true friends.’

She adds later: ‘You have broken your family into a million jagged-edged pieces. When will you stop blaming people for your abominable addiction behaviors?

‘You look like an addict. You talk like an addict. You fidget like an addict. You manipulate like an addict. You drive like an addict. You blow money like an addict.

‘You go through women like an addict. You miss appointments like an addict. You eat like an addict. You parent your kids like an addict. You even s*** like an addict.’

Dwight 'Doc' Gooden and Keith Hernandez, of the New York Mets, are pictured in the 1980s

‘All of these things you already know about yourself, as does [the] rest of the world who choose to sit back and appease you so they won’t lose your friendship or their grip on your wallet.’

She adds that Gooden’s eldest son almost died ‘trying to live just like his dad.’

‘Your children are HEARTBROKEN about seeing you in such a fragile physical condition. Put yourself in their shoes and see your own dad (who you loved so much) locked in the bathroom doing cocaine for days beyond days.

‘Your son has called me any number of times asking me to ‘please help my dad. . . He needs SOMEBODY right now.’

Roots also blasted Gooden for lying about why he didn’t turn up to the WFAN event and for blasting Strawberry for telling the truth.

Strawberry told the Daily News’s baseball columnist John Harper that Gooden was a ‘complete junkie addict.’

‘I’ve been trying behind the scenes to talk to him and get him to go for help, but he won’t listen,’ he said.

Gooden (above, in 1985) was 19 when he helped lead the Mets toward one of their best seasons ever. He became the National League Rookie of the Year in 1984

‘His son called me to beg me to help his dad before he dies.’

But Gooden told Harper he was fine and was dealing with minor health issues – and blasted Strawberry’s comments as ‘unreal.’

In her letter, Roots condemned Gooden for turning on his concerned friend, calling it ‘one of the most cowardly, dastardly things you’ve ever done to another human being.’

And in the wake of Roots’ and Strawberry’s comments, Gooden’s son Dwight Gooden, Jr. said that he and his siblings love their father dearly and that he has ‘always provided for us and always been there for us.’

In a statement to the Daily News, he said that their grandmother’s death last month coupled with their father’s work schedule has taken its toll, adding ‘the stress and sadness that this brought us has been unthinkable.’

‘At this time our only concern is his health and that he takes care of himself.

‘There has not been a single day that our love for him or his love for us has ever wavered.’

He added that their father will be taking a break from the spotlight to rest, as well as address his health – and that he and his brothers and sisters thank Strawberry, Roots, the media, friends and fans for their concern.

Gooden was 19 when he helped lead the Mets toward one of their best seasons ever. He became the National League Rookie of the Year in 1984.

He was the youngest to win the Cy Young Award, as part of the World Series ’86 Mets team, and later threw a no-hitter with the ’96 Yankees.

But his alcohol and cocaine addiction saw him miss the Mets victory parade because he was too paranoid to take part – and it also ruined his two marriages, and saw him do jail time.

Source: The DailyMail

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